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Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina Nonprofits
and Agencies in Eligible Regions for Community Programs

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Polk County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/18/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to Polk County, North Carolina and Landrum, South Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies to support a range of projects that benefit the community. Proposals are accepted for new projects and programs, basic operating expenses, and capital costs. Funding is intended to improve the quality of life for local residents.

Awards from the Mary F. Kessler Fund exclusively support projects and events in the Town of Tryon and its environs or the City of Landrum that result in physical and scenic improvements, development, or beautification, as well as projects with cultural, intellectual, and educational benefits. Organizations apply for Kessler grants through the Unrestricted Grants process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159147

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Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be spent within 12 months of the time of the award notification.

A longer grant period may be requested by indicating the need for an extension of time on the cover page of the application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Which organizations may apply?
- Local Polk County, North Carolina 501(c)(3) nonprofits and units of government that primarily serve the citizens of the community centered in Polk County. Landrum organizations are encouraged to apply for Kessler grants.
- If your organization’s operating budget is over three million dollars, please contact the Director of Grants for details about eligibility.
- The grant process is competitive and funds are limited. Organizations may apply, whether they receive funding or not, for grants in future grant cycles for the same project.

Additional Grant Criteria
- Only 501(c)(3) nonprofits and units of government are permitted to receive grants for permanent improvements to or acquisitions of buildings or land.
- Community events must occur six months or more after the application deadline to be eligible for funding.
- Grants are not normally awarded for expenses already incurred or for scholarships or monetary awards to be given by the applicant organization. The Community Foundation prohibits funding of political parties or candidates, lobbying, courtesy advertising, benefit tickets, fundraisers, telephone or other direct solicitations, and medical research.
- Note that there are many policies and IRS requirements that cover the distribution of grants from the various competitive grant funds. For assistance, contact the Director of Grants; however, some policy decisions are made by a committee after a complete application has been accepted.
- Grants will not be paid to organizations with overdue Final Grant Reports for previously awarded grants. The Foundation considers Final Grant Reports when awarding new grants.

Pre-Application Information:

1st Cycle:
Application Deadline: February 12, 2019
Required Interviews: April 1 - 5, 2019
Grant Decisions: May 17, 2019

2nd Cycle:
Application Deadline: June 18, 2019
Required Interviews: September 16 - 18, 2019
Grant Decisions: November 1, 2019

Organizations new to the Foundation should contact the Director of Grants regarding grant eligibility as a first step.

- Applicants that meet eligibility requirements for funding may be scheduled for a short interview with a Foundation committee. This is a chance for the committee to become more familiar with your organization and project.
- Your organization may send one or two people to briefly explain your project and answer questions regarding the application.
- Interviews are an integral part of the decision process. If an organization does not send a representative at the arranged time or fails to send a representative with good working knowledge about the grant application and the organization, the interview will be deemed “incomplete” and your application will not be considered for funding.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The Foundation encourages applicants to visit, call, or email the Director of Grants to discuss projects, proposals, or any questions related to the grant process.

Noah Wood, Director of Grants
(828) 859- 5314

Please submit applications to:
Polk County Community Foundation
255 South Trade Street
Tryon, North Carolina 28782

If you would like to submit your application early, outside of normal business hours, there is a drop slot in the entrance door available for your convenience.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Polk County;   South Carolina: Landrum